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Lauren Blakely’s Come Again ARC Review

Thank you to Lauren Blakely and her team for the advance reader copy of Come Again, the seventh book in the Big Rock series.

When Lauren announced her return to the Big Rock world I was super duper excited. These books are where my love for everything Lauren Blakely started. I read them back in 2017 and never looked back. Years later I now get to review for Lauren.

I am a member of Lauren Blakely’s review team, but I stand by my reviews remaining honest and true.

“A sexy, scorching enemies-to-lovers romance!!
There are three words most men can’t resist—I dare you.
So as you can see, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I had no choice when my buddies said “I bet you can’t get that brunette beauty to kiss you before the night ends.”
I proved them wrong, and oh how good it felt to be right when I swept the witty, quick-tongued woman into my arms and kissed the breath out of her at the party.
But, I made a slight miscalculation.
Turns out she’s my brand new enemy.
And soon I’m locked in a fierce battle of wits with my sexy-as-sin nemesis. I’m determined to show the whole city that my company is offering the best new path to romance, and she’s dead-set on knocking me down. Publicly.
It’s the hottest game of one-upmanship I’ve ever played, punctuated by fiery kisses, dirty letters, and, after a heated argument, hate s-e-x.
You know what they say. Keep your enemies closer.
I keep her so damn close to my favorite body part.
Everything is fun and games…until I gamble something I can’t afford to lose.
My heart.”

Check out my more detailed thoughts below…

  • Characters: Bellamy is our heroine, but not our point of view character. She is the type of person who tells it like it is. She is not shy at expressing what she wants or who she wants. I loved how she was flirty, brash, bold and confident. Easton is our hero and he is the point of view character. If you have never read a Big Rock book before you would not know they are always from the hero’s point of view. Easton owns Carpe Diem, it is a business where people looking for love meet at exclusive parties. He is equally confident, bold, brash and flirty as Bellamy. They could not have been better suited for each other. The side characters really shone in this one. The best was Easton’s sex-positive Grandmother Coco, she was a hoot and a holler.
  • Setting: This story was set in New York City. The setting was a good backdrop for a story about struggling in dating. Bellamy remarks that Easton’s parties are exclusive and only for the wealthy. Lauren was able to weave in a bit of a discussion about the costs of dating apps and matchmaking companies.
  • Pacing: The first part of this story was the prologue novella, Come and Get It. This short story was a cute way to open the story. To have Bellamy and Easton’s first meeting at one of his parties and to have them undergo a very spirited discourse on Gatsby and Daisy from The Great Gatsby. I did find once I got into the rest of the book I struggled with it in parts. I was not into it the way I have been with other titles in this series and other Lauren Blakely books.
  • Romance: This relationship started with a flirtatious meet cute, then a few snarky enemies hooking up and then bled into falling in love. The sex scenes in this story were insane. I almost felt like they were overdone though and too plentiful. So keep that in mind when you pick this one up this is a romance heavy on the physical touch but it still has really cute elements to it. Bellamy and Easton exchange emails and the written word plays what I thought of as an interesting role in this relationship. I liked them together but I did not love this couple deeply. This story was one of Lauren’s more mediocre titles but was still some fun little escapism.

Come Again receives three out of five stars.

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